Employees at General Motors’ metal stamping plant in Marion, Indiana returned to work today after an explosion killed a contractor at the plant last Tuesday.
48-year-old James L. Gibson was killed and several others were injured when an explosion involving a chlorine dioxide tank occurred. It isn’t yet clear if the explosion involved the chlorine dioxide or if the chemical was simply in the area when it happened, Marion Fire Chief Paul David said.
Investigators from the Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration are currently investigating the explosion. Healthy and safety professionals from GM and the United Auto Workers will also launch an investigation into the explosion.
The Marion plant employs around 1,600 workers and supplies stampings, sheet metal and other related items to GM assembly plants across North America.